The Town Council and the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission (BOSAC) recognize that preserving and expanding trail access throughout the Town and the Upper Blue Basin is critical to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in and around Breckenridge. The Trails Plan, along with the Trails Plan Maps, has been created to provide guidance to Town staff and BOSAC for future trail related priorities and decisions. It is recognized that a balance must be achieved between growth/development and the maintenance of a healthy quality of life, and that development should provide a means for preserving and improving an interconnected recreational trail network.
Sustainability is the main guiding philosophy of the Town with respect to its Trails Plan. It is important first and foremost to maintain the existing trails already within the Town’s system. There also needs to be a monitoring and evaluation aspect to the Trails program to ensure that trails are not being created where they could have negative environmental or social impacts and that poorly aligned existing trails are correctly rerouted or decommissioned. Overall, the trails system needs to be maintained and developed in a cost effective manner, through the pursuit of grant opportunities, joint trails projects with other agencies or entities, and the institution of impact fees to event promoters that utilize Town trails.
This Trails Plan, along with the Trails Plan Maps, is a targeted document that outlines specific existing and proposed trails that the Town would like to secure or create. Broader open space goals and directives can be found in the Open Space Plan (revised 2007) or in the Town’s Vision Plan (revised 2002). Specific trail construction guidelines are found in the Trail Standards and Guidelines document (created in 2007).